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Cavatappo Grill
Cavatappo Grill

Cavatappo Grill Details

  • Dining Style: Casual Dining
  • Website: http://www.cavatappo.com
  • Phone: (212) 987-9260
  • Hours of Operation: Dining Room: Mon-Sun. 12noon - 11 p.m.
    Bar: Mon.-Thur. 12noon - 11 p.m.
    Sun. 11:30a.m. - 11 p.m.
  • Payment Options: AMEX, MasterCard, Visa
  • Cuisine: Italian, Comfort Food
  • Executive Chef: Luca Marcato
  • Dress Code: Casual Dress
  • Accepts Walk-Ins: Yes
  • Additional Details: Bar Dining, Counter Seating, Delivery, Full Bar, Non-Smoking Restaurant, Patio/Outdoor Dining, Takeout, Weekend Brunch, Wheelchair Access, Wine, Wine Bar
  • Catering: Catering available with custom menu and full service.

Getting there

  • Cross Street: Between 88th and 89th Streets
  • Public Transit: 4, 5, and 6 train to 86th Street & Lexington
  • Parking: Street Parking
A word from Cavatappo Grill
Chef Luca Marcato creates a casual vibe at Cavatappo Grill, housed in the former Luca space with a warm, rustic & cozy ambiance. Milanese cuisine with New York Bite! Recently reviewed in the Michelin guide, in Zagats and the New York Times.
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Diner Reviews
  • "This is a charming little Italian place that serves bland and uninteresting pasta. Baked mussels are excellent however as is the blueberry pie. The waitstaff is gracious and friendly."
    Dined on 8/20/2014
  • "I always jog past here and noticed how nice it was. I had dinner here, well early dinner and it was really nice. I will definitely come at night though, I feel that you would be able to feel the specialness this place has. But it is definitely a nice place to go for brunch too! The food was good, the Cheese fondue was good, but it wasn't the best. Calamari was awesome! I definitely will try the dessert next time! The service was great too!"
    Dined on 8/9/2014
  • "Good selections on the menu. Well prepared. Excellent and non intrusive service by Matt. Professional and attentive. Enjoyable neighborhood spot"
    Dined on 8/8/2014
  • "Cavatappo is a great go-to neighborhood restaurant. the food is always great as well as the staff & service. They always make you feel like family. And they have a great wine list too!. I've never had a meal that i didn't enjoy."
    Dined on 7/13/2014
  • "We encountered the wonderful Eduard again this evening and we greeted each other like old friends. We also found out that we had pastry chef Santiago to thank for the amazing and unique blueberry pie that draws us to Cavatappo for celebrations and the odd Tuesday. (Please tell Santiago that we owe him a year's worth of thanks for all the pies we've ordered, and, in turn, ordered our friends to request! We hear Cherry pie (sour cherry, we hope?) may be coming for the 4th of July! We hope that it will linger (along with the blueberry pie) for, at least, the rest of July. Thank you, again, to the chefs - staff. Lori and Steve"
    Dined on 6/29/2014
  • "I have been to Cavatappo Grill many times in the past; they are a neighborhood staple for us. As always, the food was delicious, the ambiance was great and they are extremely accommodating when needed. We love this neighborhood gem and will continue to eat there and recommend to others."
    Dined on 6/27/2014
  • "We went for the $13 brunch special (1 cocktail included!!), which was great. Not only you could choose among the brunch special dishes, but you could also choose among the whole menu (except for the entrees). Some friends went for pasta (servings are smaller if you're having the brunch special) and I had a delicious sandwich with hummus and vegetables on focaccia bread... Yummy! The service was really really nice, and the place is genuine, loved the decoration on the walls! I would definitely recommend this place! :)"
    Dined on 6/22/2014
  • "Satisfying food. Friendly and professional service that gives you enough time to decide on dessert. Open and airy during the summer months. Affordable bottles of wine. Overall, a relaxing meal -- what a meal should be!"
    Dined on 6/21/2014
  • "The food was better than decent, and reasonably priced. The gnocchi just needed a little SOMETHING, and it would have been great. The lamb shank was also quite good, but not over the top. Sitting outside, it was not too noisy, and the service was very good."
    Dined on 6/16/2014
  • "We were a big group of 10, dining out for a Father's Day dinner. Service was great and friendly, food reasonably priced, and hostess helped us get 2 extra seats at the last-minute. Very nice place! Great spot on the ues!"
    Dined on 6/15/2014
  • "Wednesday night the food was excellent. Soft shell crab to start and then the best lamb shank I can remember having in years."
    Dined on 6/11/2014
  • "The staff is always gracious and accommodating, but on this special occasion, we had the pleasure and good fortune of having EDWARD as our wait person. We were celebrating a birthday and Edward was sensitive to nuance and created the atmosphere for a more leisurely visit, the staff rallied 'round for the birthday dessert presentation, but Edward made the already special blueberry pie a real present. That's the kind of public relations that is rare and much needed and makes all the difference. Thank you, Edward!"
    Dined on 6/4/2014
  • "Love the smaller family owned places. We were sitting next to a couple with their mother/in law. Had a nice little convo with them, little did we know we were sitting next to the owners. They wished my girlfriend a happy birthday and bought us dessert. Lovely people, very up beat helpful staff. This was really good Italian food, i had the veal ravioli. They had a pretty good selection of wine, and the dessert was amazing. The tiramisu was so light and fluffy, it was like eating a cloud. We went for my girlfriend's birthday and it was a perfect spot for it, quiet, Romance, and affordable. I suggest this place highly, and adding it to the list of my spots in the city "
    Dined on 5/30/2014
  • "I was out alone and based on other reviews thought I'd try them. It seemed the crowd was mostly local nieborhood families. I don't know if it was because I was alone, but I felt like they forgot about me. The service was slow and they rarely came back and checked on me. The food was better than average, but not wow. "
    Dined on 5/10/2014
  • "Wonderful ambience and amazing dishes. Always have unique specials and scrumptious desserts (my personal favorite is the blueberry pie)."
    Dined on 5/4/2014
  • "Went to Cavatappo Grill for the first time this past weekend while visiting NYC. We had great service and the food was delicious. My favorite was the spinach pappardelle and duck pasta. Will definitely go back!"
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "this time 7for dinner. Everyone was pleased. I'm coming back for dinner tomorrow with business people."
    Dined on 4/26/2014
  • "Always a nice experience dining and drinking here."
    Dined on 4/5/2014
  • "We had a lovely meal here. When you want a homestyle meal, great service, no preparing or cleaning up, definitely come here.. I've been here twice in the last two weeks, and enjoyed both meals. I had the duck parpadelle one night and the Cornish hens the other. Both were excellent. A definite recommend!!"
    Dined on 3/27/2014
  • "Though our appetizers came right away, there was a LARGE gap of time (at least 20 minutes) before our entrees appeared. As our little boy rarely orders both an appetizer AND an entrée, he was starving. No-one came by to say anything until about 2 minutes before our food appeared. The food was tasty, but I wouldn't go here if you were in a hurry or expected timely service. It took so long, we did not stay for dessert, but bought ice cream on the way home from the grocery store!"
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Great to have a local restaurant of good quality and good service. Shared beet salad; grilled vegetables; Entrees of grilled bass, veal ragout pasta, lamb shank. All very delicious and reasonably priced. Will be back again soon! They were also very accomodating with seating-- we had to change table to facilitate my husband who is recovering from hip surgery."
    Dined on 3/15/2014
  • "Cavatappo is a great little restaurant on the upper east side. Service is wonderful and the food is consistently good. They serve a small or large pasta portion which means you can try a salad or appetizer also without getting too full. They can accommodate larger groups (6-8 people) but it is also nice for an intimate dinner for two. Highly recommend the pasta with duck and the ravioli."
    Dined on 3/7/2014
  • "This was the first time we went to Cavatappo. The restaurant is small but inviting. The service was friendly and efficient. Food was really good. The polenta and mushrooms was terrific and the pasta and lamb ragu was excellent. I like the idea that they offer pasta dishes in both appetizer size and entree size. We had a very enjoyable evening."
    Dined on 2/28/2014
  • "Amazing food. Friendly service. Just a little slow for two hungry diners. We had an app, salad, and shared an entree and it took nearly 3 hours. Happy to linger over dinner, just not when I'm really hungry. But the dessert (blueberry pie of all things!) was well worth the wait. We'll be back for sure."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "Cavatappo Grill was a pleasantly surprising restaurant. It is close to my apartment and I had passed it numerous times without giving much thought to it. It did not seem particularly extraordinary in styling or ambience, but upon entering the restaurant, I felt comfortable. The wait staff was excellent and attentive. The food was good too. This is not a restaurant you go to for avante garde cuisine. It is definitely a restaurant that you can return to time and time again with friends and family. The food is delicious."
    Dined on 2/22/2014
  • "The staff at Cavatappo Grill is very attentive and polite. I needed a place to meet with a friend that I hadn't seen in a while and I chose Cavatappo because it had a good wine selection. The food was delicious and we didn't have to wait too long for anything. It may have something to do with the fact that I was there for an early dinner. I had the baked mussels with pesto, mussels in white wine, and the beet salad. These were all great choices, especially the beet salad."
    Dined on 2/18/2014
  • "Just moved into the neighborhood and have been trying different Italian restatuarants. We found this one to be very good. It was cozy on a very cold wintery night. Friendly service..... both the hostest Sara and the owner spent time to get to know us at least a little."
    Dined on 2/15/2014
  • "Took my girlfriend for Valentine's Day. We decided to go for the Prixe Fix. Food was terrible. Salmon was overcooked and bland and the rigatoni was chewy."
    Dined on 2/14/2014
  • "I really enjoyed the experience. Ate mostly from the "Specials" menu. Try it, you'll like it!"
    Dined on 2/5/2014
  • "Cavatappo was perfect for us on a cold Monday night after the Super Bowl. We had depressed Bronco fans with us who had been snowed in here in NYC after attending the game. The ambiance was warm and homey, the service cheerful and accommodating, and the food pleased everyone. I loved the grilled shrimp and avocado salad. My husband, whose mother is Italian and a great cook, loved his pasta with sausage and broccoli rabe, saying it was just like what his mom would make. The Bronco fans, who are also very particular about their food, loved the grilled sausage, and my brother and his friend were very pleased with their dishes as well. Blueberry pie and creme brulee were divine. Highest praise: my husband said, "I could bring my mom here.""
    Dined on 2/3/2014
  • "Deliciously consistent, Luca and his staff care about every aspect of your dining experience. This is the best restaurant in Yorkville by far."
    Dined on 1/24/2014
  • "Always consistently good food, good service, warm ambiance. A great neighborhood restaurant!"
    Dined on 1/18/2014
  • "We had arrived in Ny about 6pm, tires from an early rising and all day traveling. This place was a block from our apt, according to Urban Spoon, and the menu looked good. My dish-spinach pappardelle with duck and porcini in a cream sauce was just as I imagined-well, maybe even better. Wonderful wine, kind service nice table by the window."
    Dined on 1/8/2014
  • "We have been frequent visitors in the past but we found a recent brunch disappointing. T he service was gradual though friendly. The mimosas were mostly orange juice and food was only average, especially compared to past performance. Biggest food disappointment was the big bignoli with lamb ragu, usually a winner, but seemed to be just a reheated leftover. This was a brunch with family to celebrate my wife's birthday so that added to our disappointment."
    Dined on 1/4/2014
  • "We were there for New Years, Very young crowd, Staff is wonderful! Looking to please and gave fantastic service, I had the mozzerella, very good. Salmon average. Atmosphere is lovely"
    Dined on 12/31/2013
  • "A little pricy, but food is quite good. I enjoy a choice of small dishes"
    Dined on 11/21/2013
  • "The food never disappoints and the service is always great. It is a great place to get together with friends or a romantic evening. Sometime I will stop by form brunch for myself if I have been out shopping."
    Dined on 11/16/2013
  • "I really love cavatappo grill. The food is always great, and the owner is a really nice guy. I've been here for dinner with the girls, on dates, and for brunch. It is my go to place!"
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "The butternut squash ravioli in a butter sage sauce was outstanding."
    Dined on 11/15/2013
  • "Fantastic restaurant and great value for money. Pastas are terrific."
    Dined on 11/9/2013